I. Matthew has omitted names in his genealogy.
A. After Joram, it should be Ahaziah, Joash, Amaziah.
B. Ignores 2 Chronicles 22-25, about 60 years of history.
C. Matthew also omits Jehoiakim, who was before Jehoiachin.
D. Has only 9 names between Zerubabbel and Joseph, which covers 500 years. Luke has 18 names between them.
E. The math doesn't add up. Calvin quote.
F. What is Matthew trying to teach us?
II. God's providence
A. Bruner quote
B. Three sets of fourteen generations displays God's order.
C. God is at work in the world to bring order out of chaos. Though an event or situation may seem messy to us, God is still there working in the midst of it.
D. God works to fulfill promises.
III. What is God's providence?
A. A biblical view of God's providence pushes against two common ideas.
1. Deism - God is distant and inactive.
2. "Everything happens for a reason."
B. The Bible teaches not that God causes everything to happen, but that God is at work in everything.
C. Romans 8:28 - God works all things toward good.
D. Ultimately, God is in control and will make things right.
IV. Difficulties with God's providence
A. Why do bad things happen? - Bc of human sin.
B. Why does God allow bad things to happen? We don't know. But this isn't a question the New Testament writers focused on, really. (Jerry Sittser's story.)
C. Matthew was well aware of bad things that could happen.
1. The history of the Kings.
2. The exile.
V. What a belief in God's providence does in our lives.
A. Pushes us deeper into faith in God's character, not faith in our circumstances.
B. Gives us hope for the future.
C. Allows us to endure truly tragic events.
D. Allows us to come alongside others who are suffering.
VI. Basic Summary - Matthew's main point.
A. God is in control.
B. God fulfilled a promise in Jesus.
C. God will fulfill the ultimate promise of restoration, resurrection and salvation.
D. We trust in God's character, not in our circumstances.